Social Media and Internet Safety ??? Tips for Parents
A Summary of DSA???s Social Media Seminar on September 4, 2014
by Michael Babler, DSA Technology Teacher and Media Advisor
On Thursday, September 4, over 50 parents attended a seminar held at Divine Savior Academy, at which four staff members discussed the realities of social media among today???s teenagers.
Mrs. Monica Sanchez, DSA???s school counselor,??began the presentation by describing what typical and atypical behaviors found in middle school and high school age students, especially focusing on social needs. She emphasized the point that teenagers have the need to feel connected. Years ago, connections were fostered through face-to-face interactions, with known and well-acquainted friends. Today???s youth are turning to Internet-based social interactions to fulfill their need for being connected. Mrs. Sanchez highlighted the need for parents to stay connected to their children and provided some tips:
Pastor Carlos Leyrer, school pastor and superintendent, continued the presentation by emphasizing the problems that can and do arise from unmonitored and continuous use of Internet-connected devices and social media. He explained that the number one source of problems at school last year related back to students??? use of social media. He strongly urged parents to take an active role in monitoring their child???s use of technology and in encouraging safe and positive interactions online.
Mr. Michael Babler, technology teacher and media adviser at DSA, outlined a number of steps parents can take to control the settings and content their children are interacting with on Internet-connected devices.
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For more information, please contact Michael Babler at firstname.lastname@example.org, Pastor Carlos at email@example.com, or Monica Sanchez or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Divine Savior Academy is a Christian academy dedicated to excellence. Located in Miami proper, DSA is the only private??Christian school in Doral and serves the community with early childhood, elementary school, middle school and high school??programs. Accredited by AISF, SACS, AI, and NCPSA, Divine Savior Academy provides a college-prep curriculum that??prepares students academically, athletically, socially, artistically and spiritually in a safe and moral environment.